The last two years on our way home from Scotland we have stayed overnight at Marchbankwood House in Beattock, three miles from Moffat in the east of Dumfries and Galloway. The guest house accommodation is close enough to the main roads to make it easily accessible, but far enough away to be in a quiet country setting. They provide bed and breakfast accommodation; superking beds and full Scottish breakfast using locally sourced ingredients.
Marchbankwood House was built in 1840 and is set in five acres of gardens and woodlands. It was a private house until the 1980s when it became a country hotel. In the 1990s it reverted back to a private house until Sally and Alastair Tait moved there in 2005. Rather than convert it back into a hotel they chose to open a guest house and have three letting rooms which are excellent value for money. Sally is extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful (I'm sure Alastair is as well but I haven't met him!) and I suspect they have few, if any, dissatisfied visitors.
Marchbankwood House is surrounded by countryside and has wonderful views across the Moffat Hills. The garden is shared with a wide range of wildlife including deer, frogs, rabbits, buzzards, pheasants and so on!
This is Charlie who is happy to play catch the stick and bring it back for throwing again.
Last year when we went Sally and Alastair's young daughter had just put up a notice asking people to show where they were from. We were the third dot on the British map. This year there were lots and lots of dots - a really good way to learn geography.
This is the driveway from the house to the road.
If you ever get the opportunity to stop at Marchbankwood House we can thoroughly recommend it.